News and Notes

Highlights: PhonathonEarly Dismissal, School Council, Picture Retake Day, Staff Appreciation LunchGingerbread HouseJapanese FairInternational NightGreen Team RecyclingPTO PlayThank YouAround Town

Phonathon: Tonight, 6-9 pm!
Phonathon is on Monday December 5th. You still have a chance to support your school and PTO by making a contribution.  Click here to donate. Thank you!

Early Dismissal
Tuesday, December 6 at 12:40pm for Grades K-8. For those attending Movie Day, PICK UP IS AT 2:10pm in the 2nd Floor Auditorium.

Staff Appreciation Lunch
Friday, December 9. Thank teachers and staff for their hard work by providing a side dish or dessert for this special event.
Sign up at
or contact Emily Tevald ( or Kathryn Brown ( with any questions.

Come build the (Gingerbread) House Of Your Dreams this Friday after school in the cafeteria! A $5 donation will get you bricks (graham crackers), mortar (frosting) and piles and piles of delicious and decorative embellishments. Sponsored and supervised by Lawrence’s class of 2017, proceeds will provide scholarships for the 8th grade New York City trip in June. All students are welcome but students in K-2 need to come with a parent or guardian.

Japanese Fair 2016 is scheduled on Thursday, December 15, right after school in the Big Gym.
Since 1979, the Japanese Fair has celebrated Japanese culture at Lawrence and supported an educational trip to Japan for a Lawrence teacher (Sending Educator To Japan: SET-J,

Admission to the Fair is free, but all food, craft, and raffle purchases require tickets ($1.25 each or 20 for $20). To avoid long lines at the entrance, we will be selling tickets in the lobby in advance on Dec. 13, 14 and 15, as well as at the Fair.

We need a lot of hands to make our popular candy leis on Friday December 9, 8-9:30 am in the cafeteria, and to sell tickets at the fair on Thursday, December 15 2:30pm-3:30pm. Sign up at or contact Kay Kobayashi ( or Kazuko Miyamoto (

International Night!  
Share your love of culture and food by participating in International Night!
Details on the LLCG website.
Please sign up to share or volunteer on the Lawrence Latino Cultural Group website, or e-mail

Beauty and Oral Care Recycling – Dec 13, 14, 15
Calling all frayed toothbrushes, old face creams, empty floss containers, finished deodorant tubes, and used-up lipstick!
The Green Team will be collecting to recycle personal and oral care items in the lobby Tuesday, December 13 through Thursday December 15. We’ve signed up with Terracycle to participate in their mail-in recycling programs, sponsored by Garnier and Tom’s of Maine (but any brand item can be recycled). Items to bring include bottles, caps, tubes, jars, etc. for cosmetics and skin care products, toothbrushes, floss containers, toothpaste tubes and caps, and deodorant tubes and caps. Please empty each container, so that we are not increasing shipping weight with unused product.
For more information about accepted items, please click on Personal Care & Oral Care.
Questions? Email Tam at

The PTO Play is calling to you.  If you would like to be in this year’s PTO play (parents and teachers), please join us in the auditorium on December 20 at 7pm.  We will read through the play and discuss rehearsal schedules and other logistics.  If you cannot come that night and want to participate, you need to let Nancy Gerber ( know.  Casting will result from the read-through, so if you don’t show up and don’t let her know, you won’t have a spoken part.  Please make every attempt to come.  For those interested in a behind-the-scenes role (costumes, props, sets, lighting/sound, make-up, etc) or for those musicians who want to be in the band, you are welcome to attend the read-through but don’t need to.  Instead, just let Nancy know of your interest.

THANK YOU to Ikuyo Aihara, Tomoka Akahori, Shizuko Akiyama, Mariko Ando, Chigusa Aoki, Marimo Arai, Lorraine Barnes, Charu Baskaran, Janet Cline, Chika Chiba, Susan Daley, Miwa Dejima, Grace Fehrenbach, Kimiko Fujii, Nancy Graci, Sharon Grimberg, Yuri Hamada, Ai Hashimoto, Yukari Hiraki, Ayumi Hirano, Kimie Hoshino, Pamela Iguchi, Chieko Ikezaki, Sawako Ishikado, Hitomi Kaido, Aya Kamakura, Sanae Kandori, Tomoko Kaneko-Tarui, Kumi Katanasaka, Miki katanasaki, Yuko Kawabata, Satomi Kigima, Birgit Knoechel, Kay Kobayashi, Toshiki Kobayashi, Chiyoko Koda, Miyuki Koda, Aya Koga, Jessica Kong, Akemi Koyama, Shiho Kozono, Junko Kusaka, Keiko Kuwahara, Maria Kyparissopoulou, Seungeun Lee, Yoko Maehara, Nishiki Makoka, Yasuyo Masui, Sumiko Matsunaga, Miki Miura, Kazuko Miyamoto, Yukako Miyamoto, Akiko Mukai, Nahoko Murata, Asli Mutaf, Hiroko Nagai, Keiko Nagano, Ryoko Nagano, Yasuyo Ohguchi, Anna Okajima, Fumiko Okajima, Nira Pollock, Charu Puri, Misa Same, Akiko Satake, Aya Shibata, Yuka Shimane, Angela Stone, Saeko Takanashi, Yuka Takeuchi, Jenny Tam, Saori Tanaka, Shun Tarui, Yurika Tarui, Nicola Thompson, Mie Tsukada, Yoshiko Tsumagari, Lauren Wolf, Kayoko Yamada, Misako Yamazaki, Yuka Yoda, Yoko Yokomizo, Hiroko Yoshida, and Sarah Zimman! Do you know someone who deserves a thank-you? E-mail


A Brookline Booksmith Event with the BEF
Come hear Brookline teachers read from their personal essays and reflect on the craft of teaching.  What Have I Learned? Eighteen Teachers Reflect on Teaching and the Wisdom They’ve Gained Along the Way (A Brookline Education Foundation Book)

Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Thursday Dec. 8th, 7:30 p.m.  Refreshments will be served.
Essays by: Mary Burchenal, Ricardo Calleja, Marilyn Chetwynd, Ellen Contreras, Deborah D’Amico, Eleanor Demont, Abby Erdmann, Cathy Fischer-Mueller, Ellen Goldberg, Pat Herrington, Alicia Hsu, Stephanie McAllister Poon, Margaret Metzger, Amy Neale, James V. Parziale, Barbara Scotto, Jay Sugarman, and Suzanne Zobel.

Also on Thursday, December 8, Paris Creperie, across Harvard St. from the Booksmith, will be donating a portion of the day’s sales to support the BEF.  Please support this locally-owned business knowing that you are also supporting Brookline teachers.

Brookline Asian American Family Network is hosting a talk “Promoting the Success and Well-Being of Asian & Asian-American Students” on Thursday, December 8th, 2016 6:30-8:30 PM.
Empower your children with strategies to overcome challenges in school, gain insight into their socio-emotional development, & hear perspectives from Brookline students on their definition of success.  This event is free! RSVP at

The Brookline Parent Education Network, in conjunction with Wayside Youth and Family Support Networks, is hosting a Mental Health First Aid Training to teach how to follow an action plan to help a young person that may be experiencing a mental health issue or substance abuse problem.  The training will take place at the Brookline Public Health Department on December 5 and 7.  For more information or to register for the training, please visit:

Winter Wonderland 2016: offered by Brookline SmartVacations. From December 27-30, choose up to 4 days of fun with arts and crafts, gym time, computer skills, and theater games. Daylong activities for students ages 5-12. Also, Archery (Dec. 27-29) for ages 10-13!
Visit the Brookline SmartVacations web page.

Make Art this December!
The Brookline Arts Center is offering a two week “mini-session” from December 5-12, 2016. This is the perfect opportunity to try out a class or create unique gifts before the holidays. Learn to draw and paint like a pro, discover holidays around the world, create clay gifts, make artisan cards and more!To register and view all classes, visit

Mothers Out Front KooKoo Coffee.
Come join our growing discussion regarding Climate Change and how we can act locally and statewide by joining together to effect real change. We are interested in your contributions to the discussion. December 13th 8-9:30Am. KooKoo Cafe, Station Street, Brookline Village

Learn to Play with Brookline Youth Hockey!
Sign up now for BYH’s Learn to Play Ice Hockey program: Ice Mice.  Ages 4-8 years old, Nov 26th to March 5th, Sat 9:15am and Sun 5:15pm. Cost $325.  Our #1 goal is for players to have FUN playing ice hockey.
More info online at or contact Richie Sheridan (IM/Instructional Coordinator) or Doug Janowski (BYH Co-Pres).

The Brookline Library Foundation supports the library’s Museum Pass program, which offers Brookline residents discounted museum entry. Traditionally, these passes have only been available to pick up at the Brookline Village location. As of January 1, 2017, the Brookline Library Foundation will fund some additional passes to be picked up at the library’s Coolidge Corner and Putterham locations: Boston Children’s Museum, Museum of Science, New England Aquarium, and Zoo New England. In addition, the Larz Anderson Auto Museum’s pick-up location will be moved to Putterham. The Museum Pass program is generously funded by the Brookline Library Foundation, made up entirely of Brookline residents and volunteers.

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